Grateful Dead Live at The Sportatorium on 1985-10-25
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
(2) Beyers 160/(2) Nakamichi 300+CPI (Front of Board)> Master Cassette> DAT> CDR; Taped by Mark Horvath; CDR> EAC> MKW> SHN by Jan Welch
- 2004-03-31 13:11:45
- Pembroke Pines, FL
- The Sportatorium
Subject: uninspired, flat jams that stagnated and went as close to nowhere as possible
Subject: Okay Show, Big Sound Problems
seriously degraded my appreciation of the performance.
The Sportatorium is a big nasty box not predisposed to quality sound, but they solve these problems nicely at other performances there
(particularly the 1980 show).
Subject: Front Row!!!!!!!
Subject: Really a pretty rocking show.
John Meyer's SIM-I and a very precise (and expensive signal delay (adjusted at a couple spots at each octave) machine could have done this double mic trick nicely in in 1985, but it's hard to think of a lot of other devices from that era that would make this easy to do on the fly. This is the kind of thing we take for granted in the digital era that was just about impossible to do on the floor of a show. It's fitting though to have some experimentation with the recording, as the show seems to mix things up a little (Deal, Morning dew OPENERS?). It must have been a fun Friday in Florida.
What I believe has happened here is that the two sets of mics were just laid on top of each other and mixed to ear). I think by adjusting the levels between the two mics the taper gets it much closer to right somewhere around IKO.
It's not the worst crowd tape you'll encounter but it's not doing this show any favors either, which is why I think this show gets knocked. Deal out of the starting gate has an almost JGB energy to it. Garcia is on (voice rough, guitar loud, pretty typical 1985 tone), and the drummers are explosive. Rooster is good, no Brent "f- with the henhouse" here, instead things spread out with some very solid playing from BrentÃÂs direction. Weir accused of being drunk (Drunk? At a Grateful Dead Concert? How dare he!) by a previous reviewer, is actually quite on his game to my ears. Dire Wolf and Let it Grow are both very strong.
What brings me back to this show is the Morning Dew second set opener. This is a real odd duck move by 1985, but it works well. The Estimated > Eyes is good (there's something that happens as Eyes kicks off that's not quite right), the stretch in and out of drums is very tightly played. Where others have said this show lacks energy, I think that's somewhat intentional on Garcia's part, putting two money songs up at the front of each set. I actually think the effect is lovely and laid back. Only the last minute or so of this dew is explosive, so if you're looking for fireworks, this isn't your show. However, I do think this one has a bad rap, it's a very good show in a lot of respects.
I hope a second set soundboard is out there somewhere, I'd like to have it.
Subject: The worst Dead show I ever saw
Subject: balls out!
Subject: Sped up?
Good to see the show posted, but I am waiting for a higher quality sound.
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